Sometimes I tell myself that Detroit and Philly are similar in their state of deterioration. And though Philly has some awfully sad sections, there really is no comparison in the downtowns. You can walk for a long time here and still find vibrant shops, restaurants and housing. There's no place like that in Detroit. No where. No decent shops at all in the city. People who live in Detroit must leave the city to shop. Or to walk.
Went to the Brandywine Valley today. Quite lovely. Amazing they haven't ruined it with modern housing tracts. The Wyeth Museum was interesting although there is something too staid in their painting. No surprises, No risks. No vivid colors or themes. Lovely like the flower that looks the same each spring.